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Houseplants That Clean The Air

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Some houseplants can be poisonous to children and pets. The above houseplants are the most effective at cleaning indoor air, but not all of them are safe for children and pets. Make sure to research and check out any plant for safety before bringing it into your home. Personally, I have quite a few houseplants but keep them where I know pets and children won’t try to eat them. Here is a partial list of plants to avoid if you have pets or children who are prone to eat them.
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Houseplants That Clean The Air

Some houseplants can be poisonous to children and pets. The above houseplants are the most effective at cleaning indoor air, but not all of them are safe for children and pets. Make sure to research and check out any plant for safety before bringing it into your home. Personally, I have quite a few houseplants but keep them where I know pets and children won’t try to eat them. Here is a partial list of plants to avoid if you have pets or children who are prone to eat them.”
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Houseplants That Clean The Air

I did include this warning and a link to check the toxicity of plants at the bottom of this post : “Important Houseplant Caution Some houseplants can be poisonous to children and pets. The above houseplants are the most effective at cleaning indoor air, but not all of them are safe for children and pets. Make sure to research and check out any plant for safety before bringing it into your home. Personally, I have quite a few houseplants but keep them where I know pets and children won’t try to eat them. Here is a partial list of plants to avoid if you have pets or children who are prone to eat them.”
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Houseplants That Clean The Air

A breath of fresh air In the late ’80s, NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America studied houseplants as a way to purify the air in space facilities. They found several plants that filter out common volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Lucky for us, the plants can also help clean indoor air on Earth, which is typically far more polluted than outdoor air. Other studies have since been published in the Journal of American Society of Horticultural Science, further proving the science. Want to see the best plants? Read on.
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Houseplants That Clean The Air

One of the few houseplants that will bloom indoors, the Peace Lily with its seashell-shaped spathes really will bring a touch of summer into a dreary winter. One of the best plants for removing formaldehyde, it also removes benzene and certain VOCs that are emitted by harsh cleaning products—making it another good office plant if your maintenance staff doesn't use green cleaners. It also prefers low-light conditions and has a high transpiration rate that will humidify your air. Just be aware that the leaves can be poisonous to pets and children. Related: 10 Houseplants You Hardly Ever Have To Water
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Houseplants That Clean The Air

I’ve broken down the best houseplants to purify indoor air by their effectiveness, attractiveness, usefulness, and hardiness. This will help you decide which houseplants will best suit your needs.
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Houseplants That Clean The Air

In the late ’80s, NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America studied houseplants as a way to purify the air in space facilities. They found several plants that filter out common volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Lucky for us, the plants can also help clean indoor air on Earth, which is typically far more polluted than outdoor air. Other studies have since been published in the Journal of American Society of Horticultural Science, further proving the science. Want to see the best plants? Read on.
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Houseplants are awesome indoor air cleaners, but some of them are more effective than others at filtering out pollutants and toxic chemicals in the air. This infographic highlights the best air-filtering plants, according to a NASA study.
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So, how do houseplants clean the air? Plants absorb some of the particulates from the air at the same time that they take in carbon dioxide, which is then processed into oxygen through photosynthesis. But that’s not all—microorganisms associated with the plants are present in the potting soil, and these microbes are also responsible for much of the cleaning effect Beneficial effects of plant-associated microbes on indoor microbiomes and human health? Berg G, Mahnert A, Moissl-Eichinger C. Front Microbiol. 2014;5:15..
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Choose one 10- to 12-inch potted plant per 100 square foot of your home for the most effective air purification. Cross-reference several care guides to check for the most accurate and up-to-date information. Because common names can very, be sure to cross-reference the botanical name of any plant you get to ensure it will do the job you need it to do. Consider where you might place your plants and the amount of sun they will receive to ensure your plant will thrive in that area. Make note of the water needed and write it on a calendar so that you can keep the watering schedules balanced. Periodically dust the leaves of each plant with a damp cloth to ensure proper absorption of air particles and toxins. Keep their soil replenished with rich compost or compost tea. Avoid non-organic or synthetic fertilizers. Whenever possible, capture rainwater for your plants. All types of houseplants thrive best with natural sources of water.

Snake plants have striking tall, pointy leaves, which would explain the name. There are many species, and while they’re not known as one of the best houseplants for purifying indoor air, like aloe vera, they cleanse the air at night by producing oxygen and removing carbon dioxide. Better yet, they’re easy to grow and resist pest infestation well.

Notes: Likes partial sun, and lots of water. Although they’re among the houseplants that clean the air, they only flower once and are generally annual plants, especially when planted outdoors.
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I’ve written before about why it’s important to keep the air inside your home clean, and my favorite ways of doing so, which include salt lamps and beeswax candles. Common houseplants are also a great option.
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One of the few houseplants that will bloom indoors, the Peace Lily with its seashell-shaped spathes really will bring a touch of summer into a dreary winter. One of the best plants for removing formaldehyde, it also removes benzene and certain VOCs that are emitted by harsh cleaning products—making it another good office plant if your maintenance staff doesn't use green cleaners. It also prefers low-light conditions and has a high transpiration rate that will humidify your air. Just be aware that the leaves can be poisonous to pets and children.
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Projects like installing new carpet and painting walls can release chemicals that pollute indoor air. Luckily, some houseplants moonlight as efficient purifiers. For the best results, put as many plants as you can care for in the rooms you use most, says environmental scientist Dr. Bill Wolverton. That means you’ll want at least two plants (in 10- to 12-inch pots) per 100 square feet of space; if you’re in the middle of major renovations, aim for more plants. One tip: Be sure not to overwater, as too much soil moisture can lead to mold growth.
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Breathe easy 15 houseplants for improving indoor air quality A study done with NASA’s help in the ’80s is still useful today. Disinfectants: A guide to killing germs the right way When it comes to disinfectants, there’s no magic bullet. Why is my new piece of furniture emitting a nasty odor? What you need to know about smelly volatile organic compounds. How often do you really need to shower? Most people think showering once a day is the norm, but there are plenty of people who don’t. How to banish pet smells from your house Part of living with pets is dealing with the smells they emit. Here’s how to do it.
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IMPORTANT: Please note that these houseplants are good for purifying air, but that doesn’t mean they are safe for pets or kids who like to put things in their mouth. Check out this list for more details, read the descriptions of each plant, and do some research on any plant you bring into your home.
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Photos: Healthy houseplantsAccording to a study by chemistry professor Vadoud Niri and his team at State University of New York at Oswego, houseplants are a good way to absorb volatile chemical compounds in the air. These compounds, commonly found in paints, furniture, printers, cleaning supplies and even dry-cleaned clothes, can have adverse health effects. Some plants are more effective in absorbing certain chemicals than others; crassula argentea (jade plant) is very good at absorbing toluene, emitted by cars, gasoline, kerosene, heating oil, paints and lacquers.Hide Caption 1 of 12
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According to a study by chemistry professor Vadoud Niri and his team at State University of New York at Oswego, houseplants are a good way to absorb volatile chemical compounds in the air. These compounds, commonly found in paints, furniture, printers, cleaning supplies and even dry-cleaned clothes, can have adverse health effects. Some plants are more effective in absorbing certain chemicals than others; crassula argentea (jade plant) is very good at absorbing toluene, emitted by cars, gasoline, kerosene, heating oil, paints and lacquers.

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